John D’Eri, of Parkland, Florida, was inspired to start a small business by a chore that seems rather mundane – getting his car washed. D’Eri thought this was the perfect job for his son Andrew, who has autism. In 2011, Rising Tide Car Wash was born. Rising Tide employs 35 workers, all of whom fall somewhere on the autism spectrum. Thanks to the day-to-day routine, this job is a perfect fit for them. D’Eri believes that by giving adults with autism a job, it answers the question that many parents of children with autism have, what happens when they grow up? Rising Tide gives them the opportunity to gain independence, earn a paycheck and establish friendships with their co-workers. These are valuable individuals who are willing to do whatever it takes – even if that means taking an hour and half hour bus ride just so they can be 15 minutes early to work. Rising Tide Car Wash gives back by engaging the autism community to create jobs; while, raising awareness and empowering their employees.
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